Edinburgh based visual artist, Lauren McLaughlin, will be presenting a new exhibition titled ‘With Woman’ which was developed during her residency with the Birth Rites Collection, at the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, King’s College London.
‘With Woman’ explores representations of the birthing body and the multifaceted role of the midwife in maternity care. The exhibition will include a neon artwork depicting a birthing scene, and a hand painted medical screen with a video projection. The work aims to highlight women’s diverse experiences of childbirth, and pay tribute to the often undervalued work of midwives throughout this transformational experience. The subject of childbirth is often still deemed taboo in our culture and the work of women and mothers is still largely undervalued and unseen. ‘With Woman’ aims to make visible the experience of birth and midwifery care, and highlights the powerful emotional bond between mother and midwife.
Lauren will also be hosting a drop-in workshop throughout the exhibition providing midwives with the opportunity get creative and take home their own artworks based on their experiences of midwifery.
‘With Woman’ was made possible with thanks to funding from Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, King’s College Cultural Institute and The Hope Scott Trust.